Unless you’ve been marooned on Love Island for the past few years, you’ll know that crossovers and SUVs are hotter than hot cakes right now. With this in mind, we fired up the Auto Trader website to go in search of used SUVs for £300 a month. To narrow the search down from tens of thousands to a more manageable 20,000 cars, we capped the mileage at 100,000 and the age at three years. Here’s what we found.
Nissan Juke Nismo: £300
We’ve purposely excluded Nissan Qashqai from the gallery because, quite frankly, there are thousands of them for sale on Auto Trader, with prices to suit just about every budget. But why drive a ubiquitous crossover when you can own an impersonation of a hot hatch? This 2016 Juke Nismo has covered nearly 17,000 miles and has one former keeper. As the advert suggests, you will stand out.
Hyundai Tucson: £300
Now for something a little less in-your-face and, dare we suggest, a whole lot more appealing. The Hyundai Tucson is unlikely to set your pulse racing, but there’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular SUVs across the world. It offers excellent value for money, is well equipped, good looking and comes with a comprehensive five-year warranty. This 67-plate example has covered just 7,817 miles and has 54 months of its warranty remaining.
SsangYong Tivoli: £300
The SsangYong Tivoli is one of the sector’s best kept secrets. The small SUV offers exceptional value for money, with even the top-spec 4×4 models priced at around the £20,000 mark. This 2016 front-wheel-drive ELX diesel offers just about all the bells and whistles you could possibly need and has covered just 17,000 miles.
Kia Sportage: £300
If you don’t buy a Nissan Qashqai, you buy a Kia Sportage – that appears to be the way things work. This 2015 Sportage diesel has covered a curiously low 10,000 miles and looks, perhaps predictably, to be in showroom condition. The spec includes dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control and a premium sound system. Oh, and the remainder of that famous Kia seven-year warranty,
Skoda Yeti: £300
Gone but not forgotten. The Skoda Yeti may have been replaced by the rather plain looking Karoq, but there are hundreds to choose from on Auto Trader. This 2016 example is powered by the excellent 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine and offers a generous level of standard specification. Yours for £14,595 or £300 a month.
BMW X1: £300
A BMW X1 wouldn’t be our first choice of crossover or SUV, but if you must have a premium badge parked on your driveway, you’ll find lots to love about this 2015 example. It’s a one-owner car with a five-year BMW service pack, while the spec includes full black leather, DAB digital radio, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Dacia Duster: £300
From a premium badge to a budget brand, but don’t let that put you off, because this Dacia Duster is arguably the pick of the crop. It’s on an 18-plate and has covered just 100 miles, while the Laureate trim offers 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning and DAB radio. With a new Duster on the way, you might be able to secure a discount on the £13,995 price tag.
Jeep Cherokee: £300
The line between SUVs and crossovers has become a little blurred, to the extent that you can buy a two-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee. When this was new in 2015, it would have cost around £30,000, so on that basis £15,000 is a bit of a bargain. The Limited spec includes sat-nav, leather, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats and 18-inch alloy wheels, but you’ll have to live with that challenging styling.
Suzuki Jimny: £300
If £300 a month sounds like a lot of cash for an ageing fun-size SUV, the Suzuki Jimny isn’t the car for you. But if you’re after a go-anywhere, fit for purpose and honest off-roader, and you’re not planning too many long trips, there’s a huge amount to love about the Jimny. There won’t be many more opportunities to buy a current Jimny before the new model arrives, so be quick and bag yourself a future classic. Yes, we’re prepared to mention the ‘future classic’ thing.
Mitsubishi ASX: £299
This Mitsubishi ASX creeps below the £300 mark, so just think about what you could do with that extra pound you’ll save every month. This 2017 example has covered 10,359 miles and could be yours for £14,498 or £299 a month. The spec includes leather trim, reversing camera, cruise control, DAB radio and, wait for it, a chrome exhaust finisher. Swanky.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: £299
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrived in 2014, and by November 2015 it had amassed 50,000 sales across Europe. By January 2018, that number had risen to 100,000. You can see what all the fuss is about with this one-owner, pre-facelift example, which has covered just under 40,000 miles and offers a generous level of standard specification.
Audi Q3: £299
The Audi Q3 is another hugely popular car, but if you want a premium badge for £300 you’ll have to make a couple of sacrifices. For a start, this Q3 is a little older, while the mileage is higher than most of the examples featured in this gallery. On the plus side, the S Line trim is highly desirable and a Q3 is likely to hold its value better than most crossovers and SUVs.
Citroen C3 Aircross: £299
If you’re after something a little newer, this Citroen C3 Aircross might suffice. It’s a 2017 car with just 5,000 miles on the clock and powered by a frugal 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. Take a trip to Chingford and drive away in a new car for £299 a month.
Mercedes-Benz GLA: £299
Another premium badge, this time in the shape of the cosmetically challenged Mercedes-Benz GLA. This AMG Line example has covered just 5,365 miles in three years and is priced at just under £20,000 or £299 a month after a £1,000 deposit. At least you won’t have to look at the rear end as you drive to work.
Jeep Renegade: £299
What could be more American than a Jeep? Quite a few things, actually, because the Renegade is built in Italy alongside the Fiat 500X. The Longitude trim is one step up from the entry-level Sport, and offers air conditioning, sat-nav, DAB, cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels. This one owner car has covered just 4,500 miles.
Subaru XV: £299
In truth, the new Subaru XV is better than its predecessor, but if you’re after a car that’s better off road than it is on it, there’s much to like about this 2015 example. It comes with full manufacturer service history and is available via a Subaru main dealer. Anything with a Subaru badge tends to have a reputation for reliability, so buy now and don’t pay later. Or something.
Toyota C-HR: £299
Buy this Toyota C-HR and you can tell your friends you drive a car from a Le Mans-winning manufacturer. While the leap from the TS050 to the C-HR might be a bit of a stretch (especially in non-hybrid guise), Toyota’s compact SUV remains one of the most eye-catching cars you can buy. This 2017 example has covered 13,000 miles, but you’ll have to be content with the entry-level Icon trim.
Nissan X-Trail: £299
We’ve avoided the Nissan Qashqai, but how about its big brother? This is a five-seat X-Trail – a seven-seat version is also available – with 24,589 miles on the clock. “This chunky station wagon has cruise control and parking sensors for a smooth journey, Bluetooth to keep you chatting over every mile, and a complete service history to provide that much welcome peace of mind,” says the dealer. We’re convinced.
Mazda CX-3: £299
The Mazda CX-3 is one of the most dynamically sorted cars in the segment, and this one comes in the highly desirable GT Sport trim. The spec includes heated leather seats, a sports styling kit, Bose sound system and 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. This ex-dealer demonstrator has covered 9,229 miles and is available for £16,000 or £299 a month.
Suzuki Vitara: £298
And finally, a Suzuki Vitara in sporty S guise. The 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine is a peach, while Allgrip offers excellent all-weather performance. It’s available for £15,498 or £298 a month. Note: inclusion in this gallery doesn’t represent an endorsement on our part, so take a test drive and do your homework before parting with any cash. Finance examples are for illustrative purposes only.